DAY 24 - Barefoot Trail Running

Barefoot trail running in Granite Bay
I ran my first trail completely barefoot yesterday! It totally rocked! I can't believe I waited this long to do a trail run barefoot. The latest weather left the trail soft and squishy. There were a few mud pits, but if you know me by now you know I'm good with the mud thing. My husband joined me for this run and about a mile in he decided to lose the shoes and go barefoot as well. For a first run (he's a mountain biker, not a runner and also not a stranger to mud) it was a great introduction.

It was a gorgeous warm day for a run out at Folsom Lake. We took a route along the Western States trail starting in Granite Bay and ran about a 5 mile loop. We stopped a few times to take pictures and make my own MovNat video. If you've never seen the MovNat barefoot running video you have to check it out. We thought it would be fun to do our own little camera-phone-barefoot-running-production. My husband wanted to make sure he got credit for all the in-camera editing and production. Okay. Credit given. He did an awesome job. 

I brought the video home and composed a little ditty in Garageband that would go with it and voila! Instant barefoot runner's video. No where near the quality of the MovNat one, but hey! What do you expect from a little shaky, shoddy, low quality camera-phone like mine? We had fun with it. You'll have to check it out below. 


After our run my husband treated me to a little mountain biker tradition. The Pabst Blue Ribbon. Trust me. We aren't Pabst Blue Ribbon types (we tend to drink beer with more taste), but he assured me that this "blue ribbon" is less about the taste and all about the stoke. A symbol of a great day. A great day indeed. After swigging down our Pabst's (and doing some photography for a funny image I will be posting to my blog soon) we headed over to a little French bistro on Auburn Folsom road to grab a little lunch before picking up the kids. They seated us in the comfy corner with one of my favorite things. Pillows. I was one happy girl. Could it get better than that?


Well, actually it can. There's one more thing. CustomizedGirl.com has offered up a free men's or women's t-shirt so I can do the BFR shirt giveaway! Yay! Stay tuned and I will keep you posted on that! 

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Comments

  1. I love running barefoot on trails as long as they are not rocky. The nice, soft ones unfortunately are quite a drive away from where I live but boy, they are neet, soft redwood needles, no gravel - heaven.
    This was neat video. Thanks.

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  2. Awesome video, guys! The way you filmed it made me actually feel like I was running with you. There's a lot of rocks in some parts of the trail though. I know-I need to toughen up my feet. I wonder what it would feel like?

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  3. Fun stuff! I love BF trail running :)

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  4. Ken - You'd be surprised. Luckily the trail that we were running on was pretty sandy and loamy so it was much easier than I thought it would be. MUCH easier than the asphalt I normally run on.

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  5. Very cool. Need to find a nice place to run outside on trails once it warms up. Jealous of your weather!

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  6. Very, very cool. Looks like the perfect run!

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  7. Oh and I forgot, I'm excited that you get to do your t-shirt giveaway!

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  8. Hello from another barefoot/mimimalist runner in the area. I often run close to there on the trails by Rattlesnake Bar. I saw your blog through the BRS site. Great blog.

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  9. Hi Eric! Wow! A barefoot runner around my parts? No way!! Great to meet you. I'm going to have to check out the trails around the lake some more. Sometimes its just easier to run out my door so I can be back in a reasonable time. But trails were so fun!! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  10. Awe away an..!!! You go running barefoot! I climb mountains here in Scotland, but I wear boots. I've heard about this before actually, but I still think you are pretty brave and a little bit BONKERS!

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  11. Krista this is excellent! I love the drum beating in the video. It makes it seem like you are running wild with gazelle in Africa!
    I want to move to a place called Cool, CA that I think is very near your area. The video helps me to see the terrain as I have read that it is the best place for Horse Endurance Trails and Bike Trails as well. Thank you for posting it! I love reading your words and remembering and hearing your voice along with it as I read. Keep it up! You are very brave! Love, Karen

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  12. Cool is wonderful!!! I try to run up there every chance I get

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  14. Thanks Anonymous. You sound just like a guy I know named Larry. Ha! And if you aren't Larry, then, thanks a lot for that. I think I encountered the King of all rattlers on my trail about a month ago. NOT my favorite experience. Won't stop me though.

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  15. Congrats, nice & cute blog post!

    I hope people we follow you. I totally agree, barefoot running is the best, especially in nature and trails, since your body is made for that in the same way as your mind is made for nature. OK, shoes do help sometimes as concrete and highways also help sometimes -- but not all the time!

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